Posted on 21/01/2014
In conjunction with Careers Services this spring the Music Department will launch a new micro-placement work scheme to offer students the opportunity to hone their skills for securing jobs and to acquire real work experience.
The first part of the scheme allows students to participate in two expert-guided workshops. The first workshop will be dedicated to putting together competitive CVs and covering letters and followed up with the opportunity for students to rework and polish their documents to professional standards. The second workshop focuses on how to prepare for and perform well in interviews.
The second part of the scheme will involve a full interview process for the placements. A selection of jobs tailored closely to the students' personal interests will be put together, but landing one will be a competitive process similar to real job-seeking experience. Students will be invited to interview for their chosen placement and the top candidates will be offered positions.
The microplacments will usually take place during the summer months. Placements themselves vary but are typically 2-4 weeks in length. Although many placements are located around London, needs for flexibility in location can be taken into account. The scheme is validated as an accredited course but is not credit bearing. Participation in and successful completion of the scheme will appear on a student’s transcript, providing proof of the work experience.
The microplacement scheme provides our students with a fantastic opportunity not only to acquire work experience in their chosen areas, but also to improve their abilities to market themselves and their unique skills to employers more generally. The expert advice in how to apply competitively to jobs, and the experience in handling interview situations are skills that will serve our students for now and the rest of their working lives, regardless of what career choices lie ahead.
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